Nintendo, the publisher behind "Pokemon Omega Ruby" and "Pokemon Alpha Sapphire," has announced a new fighting game. According to a report from Gameranx on Aug. 26, the company is teaming up with Bandai Namco Games once again to develop another video game. The two companies announced "Pokken Tournament," a new fighting title based on the popular "Pokemon" franchise.
Instead of a turn-based system, the new game is completely done in real-time like other titles from the same genre. Furthermore, it appears that players will have full control of the creatures instead of commanding the pocket monsters with orders as a trainer. The first teaser video showed Lucario fighting against Machamp.
Nintendo and Bandai Namco Games are also collaborating with the upcoming "Super Smash Bros 4" for Wii U and 3DS. However, the early footage shows that "Pokken Tournament" is more similar to the "Tekken" franchise as opposed to the party-like battles found in the "Super Smash Bros" series. The new intellectual property is slated to come out in 2015. It will be released in the arcades first with a potential console release, which may be for the Wii U, potentially slated down the road.
The name of "Pokken Tournament" is somewhat interesting as it combines "Tekken" with "Pokemon." A live stream event was held for the reveal in Japan. The special occasion was attended by Bandai Namco Games' Katsuhiro Harada and Nintendo's Tsunekazu Ishihara.
Nintendo appears to be focusing on "Pokemon Omega Ruby" and "Pokemon Alpha Sapphire" for the rest of this year. The two upcoming mainline releases are remakes of the "Pokemon Ruby" and "Pokemon Sapphire" video games that were released for the Game Boy Advance in 2003 for the North American region. A "Pokemon Omega Ruby" and "Pokemon Alpha Sapphire" screen can be viewed from near the top of this article (courtesy of the franchise's official Twitter website).